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Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 | Attendance
AFC Ladies 6 - 0 Cambridge Women's Reserves
|7||Emma Squirrell||Off 53|
|14||Mia Bambury||On 53|
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Sunday saw AFC look to return to winning ways following their disappointing display last week resulting in an exit from the county cup quarter final. The visiting team were Cambridge Reserves who despite sitting fourth from bottom of the table, would be a tough test for AFC whose home form has seen them take only 4 points from a possible 12 this season, with a series of below par performances.
The performance of AFC, in very blustery conditions, was a marked improvement from the offset compared to last week’s lacklustre effort. The opening goal of the match came on 10 minutes when Natalie Golding delivered a fantastic corner where Kate Baker was on hand to header the ball into the net to give AFC an early lead. Sudbury extended their lead courtesy of Jodie Sharp who latched onto a through ball and fired into the net from close range. Sudbury kept up the pressure with Cambridge unable to clear their lines far enough with the wind against them. Despite the strong cross wind Natalie Golding was once again able to deliver a superb ball from a corner, against the wind, where Charlotte Churchman headed in from close range. AFC were to take a comfortable lead into half time when Golding rounded the defender and shot past the keeper to deservedly get herself on the score sheet.
Half time score: AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Cambridge Reserves
The second half saw AFC’s defence coping well with the ball being carried by the wind in often unpredictable fashion. Cambridge’s defence suffered a disastrous moment early when two of their defenders and goalkeeper collided allowing Chloe Mills to pick up the ball and slot into an empty net. The persistence of Mills was again rewarded when she followed in her shot parried by the keeper to fire home the rebound for Sudbury’s sixth. There was late drama in the match when a Cambridge player received a red card for lashing out with a kick against AFC’s captain in an off the ball incident. Despite Cambridge going down to 10 in the final 10 minutes AFC were unable to capitalise as the score remained the same.
Full time score: AFC Sudbury 6 – 0 Cambridge Reserves.
Sudbury were worthy winners putting in a solid performance following the disappointment of last week. However a pressing concern for the club is the growing injury list with Kayleigh Steed missing with knee ligament damage sustained in last week’s loss and Emma Squirrell also forced off the field this week with a knee complaint. The ladies now have a home fixture this Sunday against Huntingdon following a late fixture reschedule by the league. Kick off 2pm.